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U.S. gold medalist Gabby Douglas: ‘glory goes’ to God

LONDON (BP) -- Gabby Douglas will soon have more money than she ever dreamed. With a vibrant smile and two gold medals to her credit at the Olympics, the 16-year-old gymnast undoubtedly will cash in with endorsement and marketing deals worth millions of dollars. At the top of her wish list? An Acura NSX. "I want the one like Iron Man's off 'The Avengers,'" Douglas said. "That was a nice car..."

Struggles make triathlete Hunter Kemper refocus priorities

Triathlete Hunter Kemper finished 14th on Tuesday in the London 2012 men's triathlon, becoming the top American men's finisher in all four Olympic games since the triathlon made its debut 12 years ago. He covered the 1,500-meter swim, 43-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 46 seconds. He was seventh in 2008 in Beijing, ninth in 2004 in Athens and 17th in 2000 in Sydney. Our story on Kemper was published in the Vol. 26, No. 3 issue of  Sports Spectrum magazine...

Will Claye, long and triple jump, competes without worry

Will Claye, who already earned a bronze medal in the long jump on Saturday, finished fourth in today's qualifying for the triple jump to earn a spot in Thursday's triple jump final. Claye, considered to be the best long and triple jumper, combined, in the world, is a student at the University of Florida and will return to Florida in September to head back to school.  Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Claye... 

Katrina evacuee is street pastor at Olympics

LONDON (BP) -- Bernard McGraw paused when he saw the man at the pump stacking pennies on the hood of his car. "Hey, man -- do you have a quarter? I'm trying to buy a gallon of gas." McGraw had one. He tucked it in the man's hand, along with a business card for his Creole restaurant. "If you're hungry, please come, and I'll feed you because of the love Jesus has for me and for you...'"

Gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross talks about faith, family and fame

On Sunday, Sanya Richards-Ross won the gold medal in the women’s 400 meters. She will also be running in the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday, Aug. 11. She is a four-time Olympic medalist (three gold, one bronze), an eight-time World Championships medalist (six gold, two silver), and the American record holder in the 400 meters. She is married to NFL defensive back Aaron Ross, who played on the New York Giants Super Bowl-winning teams in 2007 and 2012. The couple, who began dating in 2003 when they were student-athletes at the University of Texas, was married on Feb. 26, 2010. Aaron will play for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season. Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Richards-Ross.

God has used ‘ups & downs’ of volleyball, U.S. captain says

The United States defeated Tunisia 3-0 on Monday to clinch the top spot in Group B in men's volleyball. LONDON (BP) -- In one way, Reid Priddy hopes that the London Olympics won't be a repeat of what happened in Beijing. Four years ago, tragedy struck the men's volleyball squad when Todd Bachman, the father-in-law of team coach Hugh McCutcheon, was stabbed and killed at the Drum Tower in Beijing shortly after the Opening Ceremony...

Jo van de Winkel, South Africa, discusses cycling and motivation

"You have to keep motivated. It’s hard for us because we come to Europe and a six-month season here, and we go back to South Africa and the summer season starts there. So, you have to take breaks along the way to keep your motivation and your mind fresh for the races. My faith has also played a role in that and just trusting in God and knowing that He’ll get you through the tough times and setting goals for yourself on the way and believing in yourself that you can get there and He can help you through any difficult times you have and stay motivated and positive..."

Olympic high jumper sees God in opportunity

LONDON (BP) -- The fact that Jesse Williams is even on the U.S. Olympic team may seem like a fluke to some. The U.S. high jumper finished fourth in the Olympic trials earlier this summer, and only the top three qualify for the Olympics. But third-place finisher Nick Ross didn't have the Olympic 'A' standard necessary, 7'7", so Williams squeaked in...

Stephanie Brown Trafton: ‘God has been preparing me for this’

For Stephanie Brown Trafton, a year made a world of difference; not only in the discus ring, but in her personal faith, as well. The track and field standout who had never won a U.S. track and field title or even an NCAA championship while at Cal Poly, won the discus at the 2008 Olympics. She followed that with three U.S. titles (2009, 2011, 2012) and an American record this year in the event...

Richard Chambers helps Britain win third rowing medal

Great Britain’s Richard Chambers, along with teammates Peter Chambers (brother), Rob Williams and Chris Bartley, helped Britain win its third Olympic rowing medal at the 2012 London Olympics by taking the silver medal in men’s lightweight fours on Thursday. Although it was Richard Chambers’ first Olympic medal, he had won three medals at the World Championships, taking gold in 2007, gold in 2010, and bronze in 2011. Here is an interview with Richard Chambers, 27, on various things concerning rowing and his faith...

Tobin Heath’s passions are Christ and soccer

LONDON (BP) -- Tobin Heath's love affair with the sport of soccer began early in life -- when she started playing at age 4 at the local YMCA. "I had an incredible sense of joy in the game," she said. "I didn't want to do anything else." Her passion for soccer continued to develop throughout her youth, as did her skills. She became one of the top soccer players in the country, and this week she will make her second Olympics appearance as a member of the U.S. women's team...

Idara Otu, Nigeria, discusses faith and obstacles

Nigeria's Idara Otu (middle), track and field, will run in the semifinals of the 4x400 meters on August 10. She is a two-time All-American who ran at Stanford and is a Nigerian-American. She lived in Brooklyn before going to Stanford and graduating in 2009. Last time Nigeria won a medal in the event was a silver medal in 1996. You can follow Idara's London experience by visiting her blog. Q. What’s your inspiration as an athlete? A. As an individual and as an athlete, I put a lot of faith and trust in God...

Next for U.S. archers: fall weddings

LONDON (BP) -- U.S. archers Jacob Wukie and Jennifer Nichols each lost in their second-round matches July 31, ending their Olympics competition in 2012. "It's a little bit sad that it's already over after working so long for this," Nichols said. "But it's a season of life. Even though the Olympic Games are an incredible experience, I definitely think that there are also other highlights in life..."

Boudia wins bronze in synchronized diving

LONDON (BP) -- When U.S. diver David Boudia looks at the bronze medal he won July 30 with his teammate Nick McCrory in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform event, he sees change. Boudia and McCrory put together six solid dives for a score of 463.47 points to finish third behind the teams from China (gold) and Mexico (silver) and ahead of the hometown team from Great Britain. Boudia, making his second Olympics appearance, said at this year's Games he has a "totally different mind frame" from what he did four years ago. "Going into 2008, I was just excited to be on the team, and it was deer in the headlights," Boudia said. "I was chasing after things that are temporary..."

U.S. archer: God has used struggles to ‘deepen my trust’

LONDON (BP) -- Jennifer Nichols admits that the road to this year's Olympics has been one of the most trying times of her life. "My faith has been challenged more than ever before in the last few years," the U.S. archer said. "I really can see how the Lord has used the struggles and hardships I've had to deal with to deepen my relationship with Him and my trust in Him..."